Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

Until the Dawn

A volunteer for the newly established Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn needs access to the highest spot in her village to report the most accurate readings. Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie knows no better option despite a lack of permission from the absent owners.

The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover a local woman has been trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There’s a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark and the Vandermark family history are no longer content to stay in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail? – from author’s website


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had read the novella Toward the Sunrise, which is set before this novel, so I was already familiar with the Vandermark curse, Dierenpark Mansion, and with Sophie van Riijn. Both books can be read as stand-alones so you don’t have to read Toward the Sunrise to understand this book. Because I already knew these key figures prior to reading this book, it was easier to get into it.

Sophie and Quentin Vandermark are complete opposites – Sophie is driven by feelings and the unseen, Quentin believes everything has to be explained by science. They need to come to a point where they can see the value of both in order for their fragile relationship to work.

I found the ending to seem a little anticlimactic. I even wondered what the climax was actually supposed to be because the build up at the end seemed quick and then it was over before you knew it. Maybe I’m just used to a clear cut climax that when it’s not clear cut I’m a little confused at what it was.

It’s a nice little Christian historical romance that you may enjoy if you’re into family curses, family secrets, science, romance, and want Christian elements to it.

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